The Campaign for a Scottish Borders
National Park (SBNP) congratulates
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) for
including our proposal in the Main Issues
Report for the next local plan. However,
the cautious response from Scottish
Borders politicians to the Campaign’s
ideas contrasts starkly with our reports
of the vision in Skye that a National Park
could be just what’s needed to manage
the impact of the huge number of visitors
the island attracts, and the enthusiasm
shown by Galloway’s MSPs and local
councillors for a similar idea.
Indeed, at a recent FMQs session,
the First Minister did not say ‘No’ to
investigating the feasibility of creating a
Galloway National Park. Our newsletter
highlights three positive but separate
Borders projects from Visit Scotland,
Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership,
and SoSEP (the South of Scotland
Economic Partnership). These are of
course welcome, but our Campaign
believes strongly that the national and
global recognition that comes with the
National Park brand would bring disparate
initiatives together to strengthen efforts
to regenerate and enhance our beautiful
region. Stories highlighting how things
are done in other parts of the UK also
make inspiring reading.
Dunbar site for John Muir statue
The artist behind the Kelpies pays
tribute in his latest creation to the
world famous Scottish naturalist and
godfather of America’s national park
system, John Muir. The giant steel
sculpture of a bear by Andy Scott
will be placed next to the A1 entering
Dunbar, where Muir was born in 1838.
The 16-foot high bear will symbolise
Muir, also known as John of the
Mountains, who emigrated from
Scotland in 1849, and is famous
for petitioning US Congress for the
National Park bill that protected
Yosemite in California in 1890.
He died in 1914.
This Scottish visionary foretold
human beings’ need for breathing
space and to re-connect with
Nature in an increasingly busy
and industrialised world.
Why are our local politicians
allowing Dumfries & Galloway
to gallop past the Scottish
Borders when the case for a
National Park in this region is
better substantiated, widely
supported, economic impact
fully detailed (with financial
benefits by way of VAT receipts
to the Scottish Government), and
included in SBC’s Main Issues
Report – in other words, fully
tacked up to 'take the matter
forward properly' as requested
of D&G by the First Minister?
Scottish Borders
National Park
Council includes Scottish Borders National Park in key planning document
Scottish Borders Council is inviting the public’s views on a Scottish Borders
National Park through its Main Issues Report (MIR), which will shape the region’s
next Local Development Plan. This follows a positive response to the SBNP’s
Economic Impact Statement You can view
the MIR online at - the deadline for
submitting your views is 31 January 2019, or find out more at one of the
26 Nov PEEBLES Burgh Chamber (drop-in 2pm-5pm and workshop 6pm-8pm)
27 Nov DUNS Council Chamber (drop-in 2pm-5pm and workshop 6pm-8pm)
28 Nov WEST LINTON Village Centre, Raemartin Square (drop-in 2pm-6pm)
29 Nov GALASHIELS Tesco foyer (drop-in 2pm-5pm)
Transport Interchange (workshop 6pm-8pm)
12 Dec NEWTOWN ST BOSWELLS Council Chamber (workshop 6pm-8pm)
18 Dec HAWICK Morrison’s Foyer (drop-in 2pm-5pm);
Heritage Hub (workshop 6pm-8pm)
PLEASE help to fly the flag for our Campaign – and help those who are
working to shape the Scottish Borders future - by popping in to one of
SBC’s drop-in sessions or workshops (see above).